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What's Rory made of? Masters - Day 3
April 10, 2011 - B.J. Lisko
We'll know by Sunday evening if 21-year-old Rory McIlroy is ready to make a huge step in his professional golf career. He's lead pretty much every minute of this year's Masters and has shown very few signs that he's going to implode or relinquish his lead. While I'm sure you'll get a lot of commentary talking about pressure at Augusta, and while I do think McIlroy will mis-step a tad at times in Sunday's round, his four-shot cushion is big. Look for some middle-of-the-pack guys to throw up some good scores early, but really only Angel Cabrera, K.J. Choi and Charl Schwartzel have a realistic shot of catching the North Ireland native. And that's if they get some help from Rory himself. --- Tiger isn't done. And for all the columns and naysayers who are poking and prodding that he's over, I still feel it's way to early to start saying Tiger will never re-gain his form. He's got a lot more competition now, yes, but he's playing very poor by his standards and is headed for yet another top-10 finish at Augusta. That's with him hitting the ball around like a Sunday hacker. He's too far back to win today, and his putter is not his friend just yet, but he'll win a major in 2011. --- FREDDIE WATCH: Fred Couples' back has held up through 54 holes, miraculously, and he corrected himself nicely Saturday to finish with an even-par 72 to remain at 5-under. I'd love nothing more than to see a ridiculous charge from Freddie Sunday, but really anything even or better would be gravy for the 51 year old. He said he would retire if he ever won at Augusta again. Too early for that yet, my friend. See you next year at Augusta, and yes, I will already have you pegged as one of my favorites even if you can barely stand.
Enjoy the final round. See you for my final installment Sunday night.
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